By J.N. Campbell
Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency
8th-OP, $103K, OC, 3yo, 1m, 5:10 p.m.
Last year at this time, Epicenter (Not This Time) was making his case as the Derby favorite after declaring victory in the GII Risen S. at Fair Grounds. This Sunday in Hot Springs, another Winchell Thoroughbreds-owned colt, DISARM (Gun Runner), who is a Triple Crown nominee, will begin to layout his own path to be in the starting gate in early May.
A game third on debut to GIII Sanford S. victor Mo Strike (Uncle Mo) at Churchill Downs June 19, the chestnut colt's only other performance as a 2-year-old was a 'TDN Rising Star'-worthy 6 1/4-length romp at Saratoga going 7 panels Aug. 6. The homebred bided his time in the pasture, finally returning to the tab in early Jan. with a half-dozen works in New Orleans.
Under Lasix for the first time, the Steve Asmussen trainee will be piloted by Ricardo Santana Jr. as he breaks from gate four against six others that include fellow Triple nominees, Two Eagles River (Cloud Computing) and Arman (Bolt d'Oro). TJCIS PPS